I hope this post won't get me excommunicated from the bookbinding community.
This late-1800s family Bible had been relegated to the front porch. The pages were in remarkably fine condition, but the front cover and spine had cupped and cracked like a drought-parched lake bed. They were no longer leather but a brittle, flaking carapace. A bookbinder whose opinion I respect confirmed that the cover was ruined.I emailed the owners and asked their permission to decoupage it. The owner responded:
“Thanks for the update. As I said, the primary goal is to permit the book to be opened and closed without continued flaking of what remains. I think the decoupage on what is considered to be a lost cause is worth a shot- it can only prolong the life. Please give this method a try and see where it takes you and we'll hope for the best!”
I removed the bottom section of spine and tried the process on it before committing to decoupage for the rest of the cover and spine.They took possession of their restored Bible a couple of days ago and were happy with the result!